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community's credibility is at stake, president obama's credibility is at stake. >> we have heard of this redline crossed before, why is this different? >> the president president is looking to buy a little bit more time. is one thing,at what to do is another. we will look to some sort of punitive action. on the other hand, you want to send a message to wish our all assad, you want to punish him for this escalation. -- you want to send a message to punish bashar al-assad. >> he says he will not move forward without international consensus. how do you build that without the u.n., which is completely -- >> there is time to not only build the case, find out from the u n inspectors whether they will or will be allowed into the immediate area, but what can they find out about what happened. not be the united nations. in 1999, the u.n. was sidelined but you had nato. you go back to libya, the started with the invitation from the arab league. legitimizing vehicles are necessarily available, that means you will have to look at the countries turkey,round syria like jordan, israel. they wil
over these reports. joined by the man who used to be president obama's coordinator. that is a fairly depressing reaction from the international community. even if the us inspect others -- if the inspectors get there, their mandate is so limited. to act have been unable with any force because of the divisions between russia and the westone hand and on the other, so the security council has been unable to take action, and it reflect fundamentally different interest with theg hours western government calling on a flawed to leave. politicals not much activity. even if there was, is there much that could be done about these chemical weapons? >> these operations are very different. they would run the risk of triggering even more chemical weapons use. if the assad government thought butas going down in flames, i agree there is no pressure for president obama to get involved in another war in the middle east. he is determined to avoid reaction. >> would an attempt to avoid be possible and affect it? i think it is extremely unlike leave. wheres. has some ideas of there is reduction. even unde
>> woodruff: president obama announced sweeping changes which could make college more affordable and accountable. good evening, i'm judy woodruff. >> suarez: and i'm ray suarez. on the "newshour" tonight, at the core of the president's plan-- a rating system to see which colleges teach well while holding down costs. we get the details and ask if it is the right way to go. >> woodruff: then, u.s. intelligence weighs evidence of a possible poison gas attack that may have killed hundreds outside damascus. margaret warner looks at outrage around the world. >> suarez: a fresh series of secret tapes reveals former president nixon's attempts to control the watergate scandal. we hear excerpts and discuss what they tell us. >> woodruff: and we look at the personalities driving the politics and gridlock in washington with two authors and veteran political journalists: robert draper and mark leibovich. >> you do wonder, when people are in office, when people are in power, who are they really working for? are they in it to serve the public good, or are they in it for self-service? >> woodruf
. president obama canceling military exercises, but, at the moment, maintaining aid to egypt. does what washington does or does not do matter much to egyptians at the moment? >> it clearly matters. tv is somewhat obsessed with the united states. both sides of the divide imagine the united states is supporting their enemy. clearly, the united states as part of the conversation, and an influential player. think anything the united states can do can bring the country back from the brink, or change the decision-making of the egyptian authorities. i think it matters for the united states, and the association of the united states with the current crackdown, but i do not think the united states can change the decision-making of the egyptian authorities. >> michael has recently returned from cairo, with the very latest. thank you for joining us. a very tricky time in egypt. the u.s. government has said that her team gave it a heads-up about the detention of david maranda, the partner of a journalist who published information from whistleblower edward snowden. but the u.s. said it was not involv
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